According to a member of the ships company we spoke to, HMS Queen Elizabeth is likely to sail on Monday.
We had originally believed that the vessel was to sail on Sunday but new information has come to light.
This has not been confirmed officially by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and readers intending to see the ship should note that the bridges over the Forth will be closed to the public as the vessel departs.
A member of the ships company we spoke to told the UK Defence Journal that the potential for a delay until Monday was because “the weather forecast for the weekend isn’t great”.
Unfortunately, that delay has now happened due to the relatively poor weather expected on Sunday.
“Today at the clear lower deck the ship’s company were briefed that the ship will sail on Monday weather permitting and we still have a few trials that need to be achieved before we can go all of which should be complete by Sunday allowing a sail time of around lunch time Monday.”
Defence secretary Michael Fallon said about the earlier slip in sea trials from Spring to Summer:
“It has always been our intention that Queen Elizabeth should be accepted into the Royal Navy before the end of this year. We are not giving specific dates as to when the sea trials are likely to commence.”
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) June 21, 2017
It is understood that this minor delay is ‘not outside the tolerance’ of the programme.